Former President Jimmy Carter offered a harsh critique of President Donald Trump while blasting current U.S. foreign policy during a speech. Carter urged the Trump administration to settle disputes with North Korea and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with diplomacy.
On Sept. 12, Carter spoke during an annual presentation at his Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The former president stated that he had three pieces of advice for Trump.
"Keep the peace, promote human rights and tell the truth," Carter said, according to The Associated Press.
The 92-year-old Carter, who has devoted the majority of his post-presidential career to humanitarian endeavors, chastised Trump for his approach to issues in the Korean Peninsula and the Middle East.
"I would send my top person to Pyongyang immediately, if I didn't go myself," Carter said while discussing the best way to defuse tensions between the U.S. and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Carter had previously made three diplomatic visits to North Korea.
The Kim regime has escalated hostilities with the international community by aggressively expanding its nuclear program and ballistic missile capabilities. On Aug. 8, Trump implied that further provocation from North Korea would be met with a military response.
"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States," Trump said, according to Politico. "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen."
Carter asserted during his remarks that the Trump administration should seek a peace treaty with North Korea that would guarantee security for both sides.
"Until we talk to them and treat them with respect -- as human beings, which they are -- I don't think we're going to make any progress," Carter continued.
Carter also voiced skepticism that the Trump administration could help broker peace between Israel and Palestine. On Aug. 11, Trump dispatched White House adviser Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, to renew talks between Middle East leaders, according to The Hill.
Trump has previously billed Kushner as the best hope for bringing Israeli and Palestinian leaders together, The Times of Israel reports.
On Jan. 19, Trump told Kushner during a black-tie event: "If you can't produce peace in the Middle East, nobody can."
Carter stated during his speech that he was not hopeful the Trump administration could achieve any diplomacy in the Middle East that would help the Palestinians.
"I don't think Trump or his family members are making any process in that respect," Carter said. The former president also blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, asserting that he had "no intention at all of having a two-state solution."
Carter also took the opportunity to condemn the current state of U.S. campaign finance, asserting that America had become more similar to an "oligarchy than a democracy."